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Dave (#47976571)
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So many are asking about the bio picture I'm using, it's from a poem written by Monte Leon Manka titled The Shadow on the Wall.

I enjoy working with Find A Grave and I especially enjoy adding photos to memorials so that family members can visit their family member's grave at anytime.

I do not have a problem if you would like to use one of my photo's providing a note of credit is given.

Please REMEMBER I do this in my FREE time out of respect for the families. If mistakes are made, BE KIND and remember this isn't a paying JOB.

We are here to help each other, and it would give me honor to know I have helped one. Thank you for caring about the family I also care about so deeply.


FYI: For our Veterans Graves

While visiting some cemeteries you may notice that headstones marking certain graves have coins on them, left by previous visitors to the grave.

These coins have distinct meanings when left on the headstones of those who gave their life while serving in America's military, and these meanings vary depending on the denomination of coin.

A coin left on a tombstone or at the grave site is meant as a message to the deceased soldier's family that someone else has visited the grave to pay respect.

Leaving a penny at the grave means simply that you visited.

A nickel indicates that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together.

A dime means you served with him in some capacity.

By leaving a quarter at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the solider when he was killed.

According to tradition, the money left at graves in national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries is eventually collected, and the funds are put toward maintaining the cemetery or paying burial costs for indigent veterans.

In the United States, this practice became common during the Vietnam war, due to the political divide in the country over the war; leaving a coin was seen as a more practical way to communicate that you had visited the grave than contacting the soldier's family, which could devolve into an uncomfortable argument over politics relating to the war.

Some Vietnam veterans would leave coins as a down payment to buy their fallen comrades a beer or play a hand of cards when they would finally be reunited.

The tradition of leaving coins on the headstones of military men and women can be traced to as far back as the Roman Empire.

Symbols for the Folds of the Flag

The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks, and who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

The fourth fold represents our weaker nature; as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace, as well as in times of war, for His divine guidance.

The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong.

The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

The seventh fold is a tribute to our armed forces, for it is through the armed forces that we protect our country and our flag against all enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother's Day.

The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.

The 10th fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first born.

The 11th fold in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The 12th fold in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost.

When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, In God We Trust.
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RE: Re: Palestine Cemetery
HI Dave,

Oh No! I do not think my pictures are better than yours is and yours look great.
When I go into the cemeteries I just take pictures of every marker and list it, it does not matter if a picture is already online or not,

I just know how cemeteries change, markers get badly weathered and before you know it you will not be able to read them. So I look at it as a picture before a marker falls apart or gets broken down.

Have a Great Evening

Added by DSON1492 on Oct 22, 2014 5:19 PM
RE: Re: Palestine Cemetery
HI Dave,

I did not want to step on any toes and that not my purpose. In the beginning I would go into a cemetery and just run around taking random pictures. Now for the last 3 years I start on a cemetery and take pictures of every memorial so sometimes in takes several trips to finish a cemetery.

Did not want to offend you in any way, when I take a picture I post it, every picture is different and some gives another perception

Have a Great Day

Added by DSON1492 on Oct 22, 2014 1:51 PM
Calvary Cemetery
Thanks again for the wonderful photos. I really appreciate it.

Added by Shelley on Oct 20, 2014 1:41 PM
Irish Lass
Richard Shea
Thanks for the photograph of Richard Shea's tombstone. It is very much appreciated. Richard Shea was my Great-Grandfather, Della Dorothy Shea Focke's was his daughter.
Added by Irish Lass on Oct 20, 2014 8:47 AM
Irish Lass
Richard Smith
Thanks for the picture of Rick's tombstone. It is appreciated.
Added by Irish Lass on Oct 20, 2014 8:37 AM
Michael Shea
RE: Re: Richard Shea
The plot looks right, maybe they just got the grave marker wrong. The other Richard was my dad's brother.

Thanks. I plan on visiting Ohio next summer and the cemetery is on my list of stops. I want to finish my family research.
Added by Michael Shea on Oct 19, 2014 10:45 PM
Michael Shea
Re: Richard Shea
I added the plot location. Can I ask you to recheck the grave marker photo. I don't believe my great-grandfather was not a priest but that of a metal polisher.

Added by Michael Shea on Oct 19, 2014 9:51 PM
Michael Shea
Re: Richard Shea
The dates that I posted were obtained from his death certificate.
Added by Michael Shea on Oct 19, 2014 9:31 PM
Tom Myers
Thomas Nelson
Thank you for looking for a headstone of Thomas Nelson my Grandfather. I wish that there had been something there that you could have taken a picture of so I could have shown it to my 93 year old father.
Added by Tom Myers on Oct 19, 2014 8:48 PM
Mary J Regan Culliton photo
Dave: Thank you so much for finding her. She is a gg aunt by marriage but it seems maybe her husband was alienated from his family as my mother had never heard of him. Mary lost 2 kids in infancy and a son during boot camp at the start of the Civil War. Her only surviving child must have chosen the gravestone for "Mother". Seems like a sad life. I am glad to see her stone. Thanks again. Kate
Added by Kate on Oct 19, 2014 8:43 PM
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